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    #1

    was had to do

    Hello,

    *self-made*

    - I was had to write that story again.

    I want to ask if the sentence is grammatically OK or not.

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: was had to do

    I think it would be OK without 'was', but I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: was had to do

    It wouldn't sound right in the present tense either:

    I am have to write that story again.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: was had to do

    @ademoglu: Matthew is right. Your sentence would be grammatical without "was."

    "I had to write that story again."

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    #5

    Re: was had to do

    I think the following is possible, but the meaning is different.
    'I was to write that story again.'

    Not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: was had to do

    I was made/forced/compelled to write that story again.


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    #7

    Re: was had to do

    I think the meaning is very different, but I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: was had to do

    Well, my guess is that the OP was trying to express his/her idea by using the passive voice.


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    #9

    Re: was had to do

    If your guess was correct, I would give another example sentence in the passive.
    'I was paid to write that story again.'

    Not a teacher.

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    #10

    Re: was had to do

    Yes, that's possible.
    However, your sentence doesn't include the idea of 'have to'. What do you think?


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